Food and drink
Grilled meats, produced using fresh, home-made marinades, and herb-packed kebabs are the signature but Tayyabs also serves a range of curries and vegetarian dishes. The breads and dals are very good. Look for the weekly and daily specials, and the counter of colourful homemade sweets.
Once inside, there are few hints that the place is a former pub (in fact the restaurant started in the greasy spoon next door). Modernisation has brought bright orange, mustard and red tones, streamlined chairs, a Bollywood soundtrack and a shiny stainless steel open kitchen. It can be rowdy: you’ll be dining with City workers as well as east London residents, students and people from the Pakistani community across the capital.
Tends to be (understandably) rushed.
An uninviting Whitechapel backstreet.
The prices are a key attraction. The average spend is £18 per head but you can pay much less if you choose carefully. You can bring your own alcohol too, and there’s no corkage charge.
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties